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The term bare root means a plant is supplied without a pot or soil around the roots. Roses will only be available as bare root during their the winter months during dormancy when the plant is effectively asleep. We usually send out the bare rooted roses from Mid June to the end of August, depending on weather conditions.
You will often find that during bare root season, there is a far greater variety of roses available to choose from.
Bare rooted roses are supplied dormant without foliage, flowers or soil. Once being dug up, they are pruned prior to packing and transport, meaning they can be bundled together allowing larger quantities to be packed in smaller boxes, significantly decreasing the shipping costs.
Bare rooted roses travel extremely well and remain fresh during transit for up to three weeks. However, once the carton arrives it is very important that the plants are removed from the packaging and the roots soaked in water for 24 hours prior to planting. This refreshes them after travel.
It is preferable that bare rooted roses are planted the day after they are received. If unable to plant within a reasonable amount of time, you can do what we call ‘heeling-in”. Select an open space in the garden, dig one large hole and (after soaking your plants) place all your bundled roses in it and firm down the soil. Water in well. They will keep for several weeks if kept watered.
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOT TO LET THE ROOTS DRY OUT AT ANY STAGE OF PLANTING
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